Albino Animals

by Rebecca on August 22, 2010

in Animal Pictures

Birdwatchers are rushing to Avebury, near Marlborough, Wiltshire to
hopefully catch a glimpse of a rare albino jackdaw. Author Andrew Collins
was the first to photograph the bird which locals have named Jackie.

Other fabulous albino animals include:

According to Wikipedia there is no reported case of a true “albino” horse even though white horses have been referred to as albino in literature and some registries.  All so-called “albino” horses have pigmented eyes, usually brown or blue, and thus are not true albinos. Many albino mammals, such as mice or rabbits, typically have a white hair coat, unpigmented skin and reddish eyes.

Dominant white in horses is caused by the absence of pigment cells melanocytes, whereas albino animals have a normal distribution of melanocytes In other animals, patches of unpigmented skin, hair, or eyes due to the lack of pigment cells (melanocytes) are called piebaldism, not albinism nor partial albinism. The definition of “albinism” varies depending on whether humans, other mammals, or other vertebrates are being discussed.

Despite this, some registries still refer to “albino” horses. For example, the Paso Fino Horse Association registers cremellos and other cream colors as “albino.”

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